“In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away” – Hebrews 8:13
LIGHT FOR NOW: The arrival of the New Testament condemns the Old.
There is a need to understand the realities of the New Testament. Jesus is the New Testament. This is so that the believer in Christ can enforce the priestly office of Jesus. The Old Testament was a forerunner to the New. The Old Testament never brought salvation, but it was a pointer to it. The Old Testament never brought righteousness, but it showed the impact of having a right standing with God. The blessings under the Old Testament were conditional. They could only be attained based on observance of the Law (Exodus 15:26; Exodus 23:25). Nothing in the Old Testament was free but was based on fulfillment or obedience to the Law. The Old Testament was meant for the Jews – the Israelites.
On the other hand, in the New Testament, the blessing is unconditional. It is for all – both Gentiles and Jews. Jesus legally fulfilled the conditions needed for enjoying God’s blessing. For instance, you were healed with His stripes. The Bible in 2 Peter chapter 2 verse 4 says, “who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose strips ye were healed”. Everything in the New Testament is freely given to us. The Law is a demand for performance but Grace is a supply for help, power, strength and support. Law and Grace are not complimentary, but opposite. Being in the New Testament and still romancing the Old Testament is like operating military laws in a democratic system. It is not obtainable anywhere!
The New replaced the Old. Everything in the New Testament is completely changed from the Old Testament. Attempting to mix an expired practice with the New will give a bad product (2Corinthians 3:6-12 NLT). These are clear distinctions between the two Testaments. The Old Testament brought death; the New Testament brings life. The Old Testament brought condemnation; the New brings hope, boldness and righteousness. The Old Testament was in the flesh; the New Testament is Spirit. The arrival of the New Testament condemns the Old. Hebrews 8:6 (NLT) says, “But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a better covenant with God, based on better promises”.
INSTRUCTION: Leave the Old. Embrace the New
PRAYER: Father, I thank you for the blessing made possible in the New Testament.
QUOTE: The law demands performance. Grace supplies help.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: NUMBERS CHAPTER 6; EVENING: 2 CORINTHIANS. CHAPTER 13